20th Sunday Ordinary Time – Summary & Audio

Jesus & Caananite Woman

Quick Summary: 1) The disciples took on a role of “sending people away” from Jesus.  2) The disciples also demonstrate spiritual Alzheimer’s by attempting to silence the Canaanite woman who “kept crying out after us.”  They forgot their own “crying out” after Jesus to save them on the stormy sea.

This is the mirror that Matthew holds up to our eyes.  Don’t we seek to silence others who cry out to us for help?  “I can’t take it!”


Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost (appolumi, “to lose, kill, perish, destroy”) sheep of Israel.”

The disciples right there are the lost/perishing/destroyed sheep of Israel.

This audio version of my homily addresses this part.  Perhaps it will speak to you.

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